I love this time of year. A wonderful excuse for everyone to get together, eat, tell stupid jokes and enjoy all the festivities that Christmas and New Years has to offer.
However, for many of us, we suffer tremendous guilt afterward.
We ate the house out of chocolate biscuits, had one too many at the pub and stuffed ourselves so full of Xmas dinner we couldn’t move for 2 days.
Fitness goals! I’ll join a gym! Run a marathon! Start Latin dancing!
Become the world’s strongest woman! Whatever it may be, we get this ‘resolution feeling’. Which is all well and good while it has full momentum, it’s easy for us to sign up to new posh gym and have visions of our new body and wardrobe to go with our new washboard abs!
Reality will tap us on the shoulder 2 weeks later, followed by the old devil ‘guilt’ until finally, busy life takes over and the resolutions become an old distant memory.
Wow, how pessimistic?
Look, it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s just important to prepare and mentally, programme in the right habits so that THIS year does not become yet another year the resolution you set becomes a ‘thing’ you were meant to do but couldn’t because of X Y Z.
So how can we give ourselves the absolute best opportunity to succeed with our fitness goals? To stick to them and ensure we reach our dream bodies in March and beyond?
1. For me, it’s all about the routine. There’s no point going completely mad on some hardcore program that you are so exhausted from by the end of the week you literally DRED the next week, through fear of struggling your way up the stairs! Try starting SMALL. Training 3 times per week as opposed to setting yourself a target of 5 or 6 times when you haven’t gone for months prior. Even ONE class every week that NO MATTER what you will go to and never ever miss no matter what life throws at you is better than signing up to a crazy program, that you’ll phase out of 3 weeks later.
2. Stick your goals on the fridge. I’ve bought myself a little magnetic whiteboard, costs a few bucks/quid and you go to the fridge every day so if your write ONE goal on there per week you can be reminding of WHY you are dragging yourself out to the gym at 5.30am or out in the cold. For instance, Goal: Gym on Wednesday and Friday this week Why: To lose weight and get fit Reward: Treat myself to a new outfit. Change it weekly or monthly and keep yourself engaged with it. It really helps.
3. Congratulate yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t get instant results or if you pull a muscle.
No matter what you see on Instagram,
EVERYONE has off days, where the session didn’t go so well or they caught the flu.
It’s not the end of the world. If you focus on the days you didn’t exceed your expectations, you will probably struggle to reach your goals and you can end up throwing the towel in when you have down days. Dust yourself off hold your head high and focus on the next session and the things that are going well. You are being consistent. Celebrate that. You will bring more consistency into your life and routine and that is what will win the day.